Damascus United Methodist Church

Lent Study w/Pastor David

Every Wednesday, from 02/21/2018 to 03/21/2018, 7:15 PM

Location: Annex / Conference Room, Church Office Building, Damascus, MD US 20872

Coordinator: Kathryn Woodrow |

Lent Begins February 14

The holy and spiritual season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, February 14. Lent is a forty day season, not including Sundays, leading up to Easter. The forty days remind us of the forty years the Israelites wandered in the wilderness and the forty days Jesus spent in the wilderness at the time of his temptation. Spiritual disciplines such as prayer, meditation, study, and fasting are often practiced during these days to help prepare us for the passion and death of Jesus and then the good news of the resurrection. It is a time of penitence and repentence.

We will begin the season the evening before on Shrove Tuesday, with a dinner at 6 pm (will be served till 7 pm). Tuesday is traditionally a day for eating filling foods such as pancakes, because Ash Wednesday is to be a day of fasting.

There are three opportunities on Ash Wednesday. The Lenten Wednesday morning breakfasts begin. These are at 6:45 am allowing for students to get to school and adults to get to work. At noon we will have a short service of ashes and at 7:30 pm a service of Ashes and Communion. This day of remembrance of our mortality is a good way to grasp the truly good news of Easter.

Two studies are available. David will be leading discussions based on the book The Great Spiritual Migration: How the World’s Largest Religion Is Seeking a Better Way To Be Christian by Brian McLaren. This provocative book may get you thinking about faith and church in some different and exciting ways. This is a five week study on Wednesday evenings beginning on February 21 at 7:15 pm. Those wanting to participate are encouraged to get the book and read at least the first few chapters, if not all of it, for the 21st.  Location:  Annex/Conference Room.



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